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Sarah Bunt

Does Microsoft Have a Service Pack Available for Windows 8.1?

Many of you wait for service packs to release before you begin deployment. As a heads up, for planning purposes, Microsoft is set to release Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office, SharePoint and Exchange in early 2014.  SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1. More information on all that will be available with SP1 and when you can acquire it, will come early next year.

  

http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/11/20/office-2013-service-pack-1-coming-early-next-year.aspx

 

 

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Matt Scherocman

Does Office 365 Include a New Version of Office?

The short answer here is, no.On a feature set level the version of Office that you can rent in the cloud is the same version of Office that you purchase at retail.However, from a licensing perspective, the versions are extremely different.

Licensed by user - In the cloud Office is licensed to the individual user versus the device for traditional licensing.This is great for many clients while it allows the user to install Office on up to five different machines for their use.

 

No downgrade rights - You have to stick with the version of Office - currently 2010 Professional, that is the one in the cloud.This is primarily done to easy downloading and complexity in the product.

 

Subscription checking - The version of Office from Office 365 will check to ensure that the subscription payments are up to date.

 

No Remote Use Rights or Roaming Rights - Due to the per user licenses, these rights aren't needed while the user can typically use their five device limit to accomplish the same access.

No Home Use Program - Again, while you can install a copy of Office at home, there isn't a need for a separate formal program or additional costs.

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Matt Scherocman

What, if any, are the restrictions of Office 365 and Macintosh?

Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises is compatible with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 or a later version, and Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Update or a later version. If you use Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Update or a later version, you must also install Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition.

http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-enterprises/hh180727.aspx

    • - Manage messages, tasks, contacts, and calendars by using Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011, Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition, or Microsoft Outlook Web App.
    • - Open, edit, save, and co-author documents that are located on a Microsoft SharePoint site by using Office for Mac 2011 and Microsoft Document Connection.
    • - Open, edit, and save documents that are located on a SharePoint site by using Office 2008 for Mac and Document Connection.


- Participate in online meetings by using the Microsoft Lync Web App.

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Matt Scherocman

What Are The Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Cloud Service Provider?

Microsoft has identified the key privacy and security considerations to help you determine the cloud service provider that meets your security expectations.

A few examples taken from "The Top 10 Trust Tenets" article:

    1. Who owns the data I put in your service?
    1. Where is my data located?
    1. How is my data protected from external attacks?
    1. Can I get my data out of your service whenever I want?
    1. Will you use my data to build advertising products?


This article address many of the questions and concerns of moving to the cloud.
Click here to find the answers and access the article online
Other topics found in this article include:

    • Top 10 privacy and security features of Office365
    • Top 10 contracts, certifications, standards, and regulations that enable compliance

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Matt Scherocman

How Does Office 365 Archiving Handle Terminated Users?

Exchange Online makes it possible for you to preserve the contents of deleted mailboxes indefinitely. This feature is called inactive mailboxes. A mailbox becomes inactive when an In-Place Hold is placed on the mailbox before the corresponding Office 365 user account is deleted.

You do not have to pay for keeping inactive mailboxes.

The contents of an inactive mailbox are preserved indefinitely. This allows administrators, compliance officers, or records managers to use the In-Place eDiscovery feature in Exchange Online to access and search the contents of an inactive mailbox. Inactive mailboxes can't receive email and aren't displayed in your organization's shared address book or other lists.

Note: If a hold isn't placed on a mailbox before it's deleted, the contents of the mailbox won't be preserved or discoverable. The mailbox can be recovered within 30 days of deletion, but the mailbox and its contents will be permanently deleted after 30 days if it isn't recovered.

To make a mailbox inactive, it must be assigned an Exchange Online (Plan 2) license or have an Exchange Online Archiving subscription so that an In-Place Hold can be placed on the mailbox before it's deleted.

1.  Access the contents of an inactive mailbox

After you make a mailbox inactive by placing the mailbox on In-Place Hold and then deleting the corresponding Office 365 user account, you can access the contents of the inactive mailbox by using In-Place eDiscovery in the Exchange admin center (EAC). When you search an inactive mailbox, you can create a keyword search query to search for specific items or you can return the entire contents of the inactive mailbox. You can preview the search results, copy the search results to a discovery mailbox, or export the search results to an Outlook Data (PST) file.

2. Permanently delete an inactive mailbox

If you no longer need to preserve the contents of an inactive mailbox, you can permanently delete the inactive mailbox by removing the In-Place Hold. If the mailbox was deleted more than 30 days ago, the mailbox will be permanently deleted after you remove the In-Place Hold, and mailbox items will become non-recoverable. If the mailbox was deleted within the last 30 days, you can still restore the mailbox after removing the hold.

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For more information on how to manage inactive mailboxes click here.

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